The Horizontal Falls
What are the Horizontal Falls?
The Horizontal Falls, known as Garaanngaddim by the native Dambimangari people, are formed when water pours horizontally through two narrow gorges, about 300 metres apart in the McLarty Ranges in Talbot Bay. The region is known for having the third biggest tides in the world, with King Tides as high as 11.8 metres. As a result, the natural phenomenon is created as seawater builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other, creating a waterfall up to 4 metres high. With each change of the tide, the direction of the falls reverses. For a few days each month, the Horizontal Falls experience “neap tides” or slack tides, when the there is very little movement in the flow of water.
Famous naturalist David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.”
Where are the Horizontal Falls and how can I visit them?
The Horizontal Falls are located 110km North of Derby, or 260km North East of Broome, in the remote Kimberley Region of Western Australia. There is no road access to the Horizontal Falls, the only way to reach them is by Seaplane, Aeroplane, Helicopter or Boat.
If you want to get up close to the Horizontal Falls, the best way is to take a Seaplane or Helicopter Tour from either Broome or Derby, landing up at Talbot Bay nearby and joining a thrilling fast-boat ride tour through the Falls. There are multiple options, ranging from half day tours through to 24 hour tours including an all-inclusive stay on a luxury houseboat in Talbot Bay. Seaplane and Helicopter tours only operate between March and November, but you can still see the Horizontal Falls from the Air any month of the year with a Scenic Overflight from Broome.
You can view all the different Horizontal Falls options and book online HERE however be aware, these flights are usually booked out up to 4 months in advance so try and book the year before you go!!